The Right (and Imperative) to Disconnect

offlineThe big eye roll commenced as soon as the news was made public that the French had enacted one more law to ‘protect’ workers, adding to what many view as the French penchant for numbing their own economy with overly zealous social reforms.  Companies of more than 50 employees now must set up hours when workers are not supposed to send or respond to emails, normally during evenings and weekends, in an effort to aid work/life balance. Continue reading

How Does a Leader Approach 2017?

Business plan for 2017We made it through a tough year.  2016 was marked by turmoil of types and impact that have shaken a sense of ‘normalcy’.  In the world, the political and economic upheaval of Brexit, the brutal war in Syria, the flood of refugees that added to destabilizing political situations in many countries, and the reality of terrorism.  At home, a long and bitter campaign and a transition of presidents that promises to bring unknown impact to our lives. Continue reading

The Altruism Revolution

The Altruism RevolutionEckhart Tolle, the author of A New Earth, tells a story of a businessman who spent two years of intense stress developing a new product that would make a lot of money for his company.  He succeeded in developing the highly successful product, but Tolle questions the definition of success: Continue reading

How Integrity Drifts

Business People. Successful Business Partner Shaking Hands in thWhen news comes out about the bad decisions made by companies like Takata, accused of sacrificing safety to profits in its airbags, and even more recently, Volkswagen, where employees knowingly colluded in deceiving emissions testing equipment, we shake our heads, wag our fingers at these deviants, and proclaim with certainty, “It couldn’t happen here.” Continue reading

Leadership for the Nimble Organization

active girlThe word ‘agile’ gets tossed around a lot these days among business gurus.  Although it achieved fame in the software development industry, referring to a method for rapid software development, it has found its way into the business lexicon to denote an ability to move quickly and easily as the business environment shifts.  The trouble is, that ‘quickly and easily’ is pretty elusive for a lot of organizations. Continue reading

What Really Pumps Employee Engagement?

In a recent post (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/employee-engagement-isnt-getting-better-gallup-shares-mark-c-crowley), Mark C. Crowley, author of Lead from the Heart, shared some sobering news from a recent Gallup poll:

U.S. Employee Engagement November 2015“According to Gallup, growth in (employee) engagement has remained flat for most of 2015 – and we’ve seen little more than a two-point increase over the past two and one-half years.” Continue reading

Back to the Playground: Building Your Social Skills

Kids having fun“For all the jobs that machines can now do — whether performing surgery, driving cars or serving food — they still lack one distinctly human trait. They have no social skills.  Yet skills like cooperation, empathy and flexibility have become increasingly vital in modern-day work. Occupations that require strong social skills have grown much more than others since 1980, according to new research. And the only occupations that have shown consistent wage growth since 2000 require both cognitive and social skills.” Continue reading

The Inadequacy of Succession Planning

Succession PlanningDoes your organization have a good succession plan?  Yes?  What happens if tomorrow new technology completely upends your product, and you need new expertise, or different customer relationships?  Will the same people be the right ones to move through your succession process in order to address these market disruptions? Continue reading

When the Performance Review Disappears

JahresgesprchA galloping new trend that has gone beyond the youth-dominated tech industry and into the more venerable bastions of corporate stability like GE and Cigna is a move away from the performance rating – and in many cases, the annual performance review as well.  What is driving this trend, and what does it suggest for today’s leaders? Continue reading

No Time for Respect

businesswomanEric passed Julie in the hallway, nearly pushing her against the wall as he bustled past, head down.  “And hello to you, too, boss,” called Julie to the retreating and unresponsive form of her manager.

Nadine mockingly put down her employee Adam in a meeting, “Well, that statement was pretty typical of your shoot-from-the-hip style with no interest in data.”

In the middle of a meeting with his employee Joyce, Bruce picked up his ringing phone without so much as an apology and spent 10 minutes making plans for his weekend golf outing. Continue reading